Baseball Crank
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June 25, 2004
POLITICS: Ryan Ryan & Ryan

One of Drezner's readers has a good point here about GOP Senate candidate Jack Ryan:

[A]s a Chicagoan let me just mention how depressing it is to have the most clueless, lunkheaded republican party in the country. Worst of all they cant seem to find a candidate for any office not named Ryan (former Governor George Ryan was plagued with graft and corruption). Newsflash GOP, many voters dont bother to see what a guys first name is, if a Ryan keeps showing up on ballots every couple of years, a significant number of semi-apathetic voters will check the opposite column just out of habit. Idiots.

You'll recall this problem biting GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Ryan in 2002. (Not that I'm endorsing the characterization of the IL GOP as the most clueless in the nation; MA, NJ & CA all provide stiff competition). Why not double down and bring in the Express?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:18 AM | Politics 2004 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

On the plus side, the name-recognition thing worked well for Eddie Murphy in "The Distinguished Gentleman".

Posted by: Brian at June 25, 2004 9:33 AM

Massachusetts has had a Republican governor since Dukakis left. Their not doing that well otherwise, but owning the top position in such a liberal state is pretty impressive.

Posted by: Zach at June 25, 2004 11:33 AM

I guess I should point out that since 1943 six of the nine governors of California have been Republican. And they did successfully boot Davis.

Posted by: Richard at June 25, 2004 12:08 PM

Illinois is one of those states that really ought to be two states.

Posted by: John Doe at June 25, 2004 7:17 PM
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